Launceston 54 Bradford & Bingley 14

BRADFORD AND BINGLEY'S relegation was finally sealed by this defeat in a game that was much closer than the score suggests.

Third-placed Launceston struggled to get into Bees' half in the first quarter and the visitors looked well in with a chance of pulling off the shock result they so desperately needed but then Bees's indiscipline let them down and they paid the penalty.

Sin-bins for flanker Neil Spence and hooker Peter Scott left the visitors with just 13 men and Launceston took full advantage, running in three converted tries.

Back at full strength, Bees hit back with tries from winger Mark Kirby and centre Stuart Dixon, both converted by Tom Rhodes, to trail by just seven points at the break.

But they then picked up three injuries in the first ten minutes of the second half, which disrupted the Bees pattern and as the Bees tired, Launceston piled on the pressure and ran away with the match, inflicting Bradford & Bingley's ninth road defeat of the season.